Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Devotion on Genesis 4 - Went Out from the Lord's Presence

Scripture: Genesis 4:13-16
Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear.14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

Cain committed sin and was exiled from God's Presence. Have you felt as though you had been separated from God, as if His Spirit was no longer in communion with your spirit because of some sin you had committed? What restored your relationship with God?

It nowhere says that Cain repented, only that he feared his punishment. Sin separates us from God. If we continue in our sin, God will not be present in our lives. God hates sin and refuses to be around it. He will continue to reach out to us from time to time but will not be an abiding Presence with us unless we repent. 

Eventually, if we continue in our sin until death, we will be exiled from God's Presence, just as Cain was. With God is comfort, joy, peace, love. Without Him is emptiness and despair. Let us not trade our fleeting sin for the continual joyful experience of having God's Presence with us in life, and in death.

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